Basic Needs

Rent, Food, Taxes, Utilities Assistance

Start here. There is help.

There are programs to help persons who are struggling financially to keep up with basic needs such as rent, food, property taxes, and utilities. ADRC has put together a booklet called Basic Needs Brown County Community Resources (see below) to provide one place to help you find the assistance you need.  We are here to help. Call ADRC (920) 448-4300 with your questions.

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you connect to the services you need.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs Brown County Community Resources

Booklet with descriptions and contact information for service providers for persons who are looking for services to meet their basic needs. Includes food, shelter, childcare, employment, medical, transportation, etc.

Lifeline & Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

Programs called Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provide free and discounted cell phone and internet service for qualifying low-income consumers.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information.

Tax Preparation Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations.

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

Re-Entry Resource Guide

Making a Smooth Transition from Incarceration Back to the Community. Entering back into the community after a recent incarceration can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are resources in Brown County that can help. Use this Re-Entry Resource Guide to get assistance in finding housing, employment, case management services, and support groups.